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1st-round O-line prospect is Philly through and through

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1st-round O-line prospect is Philly through and through

INDIANAPOLIS — He spent his summers down the shore in North Wildwood and his falls on the gridiron. Could the next step be playing tackle for his hometown Eagles?

The he in question is 6-foot-8, 315-pound Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey. The Warrington native and Penn Charter grad is projected as a first-rounder in the 2018 NFL draft. He acknowledged Thursday at the combine that he formally spoke to the Eagles on Tuesday and went through some schematic paces with Birds offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

"As strong as my ties are to the city of Philadelphia, that would be a dream come true," McGlinchey said Thursday. "Obviously Super Bowl champs, passionate city, everybody I love is back in the city of Philadelphia. Any team that would pick me would be great but it would be pretty special to go home."

Athleticism runs in his family. Falcons QB Matt Ryan is his first cousin and has been a major influence on McGlinchey's life since he was young.

"Matt has guided me every step of the way, whether he knew it or not," McGlinchey said. "Just watching the way Matt goes about his business, the way that he works, the way that people respect him is something I've always worked for. He's been my football hero ever since I was a little kid. And when he got drafted in the pros, I was an eighth grader and we went up for a trip and it was at that moment that I said I want to do that, too."

Having grown up in the area, McGlinchey has firsthand knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love.

"Philadelphia is a blue-collar town, and it's a place where passion is something they take a lot of pride in, whether it's for their sports teams or their families. It's a different place," he said. "There's not a lot of places like Philadelphia where you can get people that are as close and as passionate and are willing to say whatever the hell they want right to your face and it's one of those things that taught me who I was.

"It's where my roots are, it's ingrained in my family, the way we are raised. The competitiveness and the passion I have for this sport and the loyalty that the Eagles fans have for their team and obviously the rest of the sports teams in Philadelphia, makes you have that loyalty, too."

He wasn't rooting for the Eagles in the NFC divisional round because of his loyalty to his cousin, but McGlinchey jumped back on the bandwagon once the Birds advanced and he was thrilled to see his city finally win it all.

Some of his buddies even kept him abreast of the post-Super Bowl celebrations.

"I was getting Snapchats and Instagram messages and all that stuff from people starting to drink at 3 a.m. on Broad Street," he said. "So it looked like it was a good time."

If only he knew.

When do players know their football days are over?

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When do players know their football days are over?

In the latest edition of Eagle Eye, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks discuss Father's Day weekend. What kind of basketball parent is Barrett? The guys give their 53-man roster after spring practices. Tom Brady says he can feel his playing days are getting numbered. When do players first start realizing that the end is near and what makes that reality most difficult? Also, how should the Giants handle Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract situation?

"I think that Saquon [Barkley] is going to be better than [Ezekiel] Elliott." — Barrett Brooks.

1:00 - What kind of basketball parent is Barrett?
3:00 - Father's Day weekend recap.
5:00 - Eagles' 53-man roster after spring practices.
15:30 - Tom Brady tells Oprah the end is near ... when do players start seeing that reality?
20:00 - The hardest part about having to say goodbye to football.
23:00 - Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract situation.

Press Taylor was right choice for Eagles' QBs coach

Press Taylor was right choice for Eagles' QBs coach

The Eagles were just a few days away from the Super Bowl and there was a clear indication of just how loose the team really was. 

On Feb. 1, Carson Wentz tweeted out a photo proving it. 

So, what’s the point of this? Why show a photo that Wentz sent out from an escape room well over four months ago?

Well, because it was a little glimpse into the future. Because the five guys in that photo are going to be the five guys in the Eagles’ quarterback room this season. 

Along with Wentz, Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld, the other two are Press Taylor (sitting) and Spencer Phillips. This offseason, after John DeFilippo left Philadelphia to take the offensive coordinator job in Minnesota, the Eagles promoted Taylor to take his position as quarterbacks coach and then promoted Phillips to take Taylor’s spot as the assistant quarterbacks coach. 

It was probably a no-brainer. 

And it’s crazy to think, but just a year after the Eagles blocked DeFilippo from leaving the organization, DeFilippo has left … and the Eagles are going to be just fine. 

At the time, before the 2017 season, it made sense to block DeFilippo. He was seemingly integral to the development of a young Wentz and he certainly deserves plenty of credit for the big jump in Wentz’s play last season. But now, without him, the Eagles are going to keep a finely-tuned machine running. And they’re going to do it with a very young and very promising coach. 

Taylor is just 30 years old, which seems incredibly young for a coach who is supposed to lead the most important position room for the Eagles and possibly the most important position room in the entire league. He’s just one year older than Foles. 

He might be young, but Taylor is uniquely positioned to handle this responsibility. And aside from his football acumen — which has been touted by his superiors — it’s his relationship with the players in the room that made him such a no-brainer replacement for DeFilippo. 

“I feel really close (to Wentz, Foles and Sudfeld),” Taylor said last week. “I know what makes them tick going into it. And then we all had our own relationships. Obviously, I wasn’t their quarterbacks coach at the time, but I was in the room, sat through those conversations, had my own conversations out on the practice field. I feel like I know the things they like, the things they didn’t like. And then was able to learn from the other guys, the other coaches in the room.”

After the Super Bowl, Taylor is probably best known in the city for bringing the Philly Special to the Eagles. In his position last year, it was his job to mine gadget plays from around the league and found that play being used by the Bears the season before (see story). And that’s great. But all the stuff we don’t know about last year is what’s going to make the most difference for the Eagles this season. 

Taylor has been with the Eagles since 2013, when Chip Kelly brought him to town. And then Doug Pederson was smart enough (and without ego) to keep Taylor in 2016. The brother of Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, Press has quickly worked his way up the ladder. 

Last week, Wentz was asked if the team wanted his opinion before promoting Taylor. 

“I think it was pretty much known how we felt about Press beforehand,” Wentz said. “We’ve seen Press behind the scenes the last couple years and how hard he works. A lot of guys have a ton of respect for him as a person and as a coach. I know that’s where I sit. So far, it’s been great. He understands the game extremely well. We’re very like-minded, both on and off the field. The relationship I have with him personally and the relationship he has with all the quarterbacks has been tremendous so far.”

The relationship between Taylor and the QBs is so important. Relationships for this entire coaching staff are so important. Really, that’s what has made Pederson so special. He has that “emotional intelligence” and understands how to deal with his players. 

Taylor seems to have that too. And really, that’s why the Eagles’ QB room won’t miss a beat. 

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